Forgotten children?:An update on young children in institutions across Europe


Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Browne, K., 2012. Forgotten children?:An update on young children in institutions across Europe. Early Human Development, 88 (12), pp. 911-914.

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    The worst of institutional care was brought to public attention in Romania during the 1990s when pictures of severely deprived and malnourished children were shown around the world. However, many European countries have high rates of young children in institutions, where the physical care of the child predominates, with social/emotional needs a secondary concern. Yet institutional care is a very poor substitute for positive family care, increasing the risk of development delay, attachment difficulties, neural growth dysfunction and mental health disorders. This article provides an update on a series of projects that have highlighted this issue in Europe, arguing that babies and small children aged less than 3years old, with or without disability, should not be placed in residential care without a parent or primary caregiver. This principle has been discussed by the UN General Assembly (2009) and specific guidelines have been produced for all 193 member states.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsHamilton-Giachritsis, C.and Browne, K.
    Uncontrolled Keywordschild,child custody,child, institutionalized,child, preschool,europe,foster home care,humans,infant
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    Publisher Statement18Early_Human_Development_institutional_update_for_uploading_JK.pdf: ‘The final, definitive version of this paper has been published online first in Early Human Development Vol. 88 p911–914, 2012 by Elsevier
    ID Code43134


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